Ketamine for Chronic Pain Management
A breakthrough treatment for both mood disorders and chronic pain conditions
At Southern Ketamine and Wellness, we are proud to offer the latest in mental health treatment options. In addition to high levels of safety standards and patient care, Southern Ketamine and Wellness utilizes ketamine infusion therapy for the treatment of chronic pain syndrome, as well as other pain conditions like fibromyalgia, Restless Leg Syndrome, and Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS).
Our mission statement at Southern Ketamine and Wellness is to provide personalized, high-quality management options for people struggling with treatment-resistant conditions. Ketamine infusions have proven to be a powerful and rapid treatment for chronic pain and other mental health conditions.
It’s not uncommon for some chronic pain treatments to take time to set in, and it can often take weeks or months before any relief is felt. Ketamine, on the other hand, is a promising new treatment option, because in some cases it can provide symptom relief in days (or even hours).
In addition to treating chronic pain as a whole, it also treats the symptoms of depression, which often comes from various conditions related to chronic pain. Studies show that up to 75% of patients report a positive response after even a single dose of ketamine infusion.
How Does Ketamine Help with Chronic Pain?
It is believed that the main cause of chronic pain is due to an overactivity of the N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor in the brain. Ketamine helps the condition by attaching to the NMDA receptor and blocking it from being activated by glutamate, a neurotransmitter, thereby helping to mute the effects of chronic pain symptoms. By connecting to those receptors, ketamine may be able to amplify the number of glutamate neurotransmitters in the empty space between neurons.
Glutamate then interacts with the AMPA receptors. Together, these receptors bring about the discharge of multiple molecules that boost the brain’s neuroplasticity — essentially, ketamine infusions allow the brain to reset and restore important nerve connections.
If you are looking for a new chronic pain treatment in Birmingham, AL schedule a free consultation with us at Southern Ketamine and Wellness today!
What is Chronic Pain Syndrome?
Pain is a normal part of the healing process, and often serves as a way to keep us from potentially harming ourselves further. Unexplained or prolonged pain, on the other hand, is classified as Chronic Pain Syndrome (CPS). Where normal, healthy amounts of pain–like a scraped knee after falling from a bike–will eventually subside with time, but the effects of chronic pain rarely (if ever) go away on their own.
Chronic pain is a serious, (potentially debilitating) health condition. It can also create new problems if left untreated, like depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders. Per the Mayo Clinic, “Chronic pain can limit your quality of life and lead to additional, serious mental health problems. Finding effective treatment is important–as is balancing pain relief with your safety.”
While it can be difficult to treat, it’s not impossible. Continue reading to learn more about CPS and ways to treat it. Understanding is the first step to healing.
What are the Symptoms of Chronic Pain Syndrome?
CPS affects you both physically and mentally. Some symptoms include:
- Muscle strains
- Unexplainable, prolonged episodes of pain in different areas of the body
What exactly causes CPS is unknown, but some believe that it stems from an initial injury or pre-existing condition, like:
- Arthritis and other joint problems
- Back pain
- Muscle strains and sprains
- Repetitive stress injuries, when the same movement over and over puts strain on a body part
- Fibromyalgia, a condition that causes muscle pain throughout the body
- Nerve damage
- Lyme disease
- Broken bones
- Acid reflux or ulcers
- Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Endometriosis, when tissue in the uterus grows outside of it
Treatment for Chronic Pain Syndrome
Although there is no “cure-all” treatment for CPS, there are ways to help manage its symptoms, like: physical therapy, counseling, medications, etc. Though some medications take time for the user to feel its effects, ketamine is an option that has been known to work more timely.
Though originally known for its use as an FDA-approved anesthetic, ketamine is what doctors are calling the biggest breakthrough in the treatment of both mood disorders (depression, anxiety, PTSD, etc) and pain conditions (chronic pain, Restless Leg Syndrome, fibromyalgia, etc).